Chess Board and Pieces Set Up

Chess Board Setup

If you have ever thought about the question:  “How do I set up a chess board?” this article is certainly for you! Here you would be able to learn about how to organize a chess board and pieces in the right manner so as to play a game of chess under the guidance of standard tournament rules.

This guide is highly useful for starters and those are newly introduced to chess. It shows the usual set up for OTB (Over The Board) play. Although all computer chess game would set up the board in an automatedway at the beginning of a fresh game, it is still very important to understand theright orientation of a chess board and the position that all the pieces should be placed, so as to play chess against human players hopefully in the sunshine, or at OTB (Over The Board) tournaments.

Right Chess Board Placement

A board of chess is made up of eight columns and eight rows of alternating dark and light colour squares. The squares are black and white most times, but might be other colours as well – shades of brown, green or redare popular – or even be transparent in the event that you are making use of a glass chess board! Whatever colour your board of chess happens to be, it would have two opposing dark and light colours. The most popular colours for a chess board are white and black.

Right orientation of a board of chess is for the corner square to be on the right-hand side that is nearest to you in the light colour.

If this square happens to be a dark colour then the board has to be turned 90 degrees (a quarter turn) in either way. The reason that this happens to be the right orientation relates to how the queen is placed as well as the ability to record games with the use of standard chess notation.

A useful mnemonic to think of this is: “Light to the right“.

By convention, when showing pictures or chess diagrams dark/black pieces are normally displayed at the top of the board and light/white pieces are displayed at the bottom.

How Many Chess Pieces in a Set?

A normal set of chess pieces has 32 pieces, 16 dark, and 16 light pieces, although some sets might have 34 pieces, which will include an additional queen of each colour.

A normal 32 piece chess set has 2 rooks, 8 pawns, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 1 queen and 1 king making it a total of 16 pieces of each colour. Rooks are sometimes referred to as “castles” as well.

Where are the pieces placed?

Every chess piece has its own designated place in a chess board setting. The simplest way to organise a board for play is by placing the pawns first, followed by the major pieces. This prevents reaching over them and perhaps moving or knocking them.